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Making Your Own Dog Food

Making your own dog food is an idea whose time has come around again. What goes out of fashion, comes back into fashion. Years ago, before the era of commercial dry dog food, kibble and canned dog food, everyone made homemade dog food. Really, all that meant was that the dog ate what was left over from your dinner.

Dog Food Ingredients - Illustration by Sharon Krock

Today, we don't have to be quite so casual about feeding dogs. Thanks to the internet, we are more educated. We owe it to our beloved dogs to provide the best dog foods. Making your own dog food doesn't have to be difficult, expensive or time consuming. All you need is a few good homemade dog food recipes, together with good dog food ingredients that you purchase yourself, and Voila! You have just made your own dog food!

making Your Own Dog Food
with Do It Yourself Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Recipe # 1

DIY Cooked Homemade Dog Food

1 lb raw ground chicken/turkey/pork/beef/lamb

one medium sized sweet potato chopped

*** 1/2 cup organic brown rice or large flake rolled oats ***

1 cup finely chopped leafy green vegetable such as spinach, chard, kale, parsley, romaine lettuce

*** 1 large clove garlic minced ***

pinch of organic unbleached sea salt ( Celtic )

1 tbsp good quality olive oil

1/3 cup homemade bone broth ( optional )

Cooking Instructions

Put sweet potato, brown rice, garlic and salt in a pot. Cover with water. Bring to a boil, and then turn down to simmer. Cook until VERY soft, about one hour.

Add meat and chopped leafy green vegetable and mush up altogether with a potato masher.

Simmer for an extra fifteen minutes.

Remove from heat, cool and add olive oil. Swirl the oil throughout the meat, vegetable and rice mixture.

You can also add a cup of bone broth if you have it. This will add yummy flavor, vitamins, minerals and collagen.


Recipe # 2

DIY Homemade Raw Dog Food

5 pounds ground chicken/turkey/beef/pork/lamb

1 grocery store package of chicken hearts/gizzards/livers/kidneys

1 can water packed sardines

4 raw eggs with shell

2 medium carrots

1/2 cup green leafy veg such as parsley, kale, spinach, romaine lettuce

Put the carrots and green leafy veg with the raw eggs and shells and 1/2 cup water, into a blender or food processor and puree on high until completely blended and liquidly. Then mush up the ground meat and organs with the water packed sardines. Add the liquified vegetables and remix.

Divide into appropriate serving size portions for your dog and freeze for convenience. Remember, you dog should eat 2-3 % of his total body weight per day.

As with all cooked foods, some nutrients and enzymes will be lost due to heating the food. For that reason I always recommend  adding supplements  to cooked home made dog food.

The advantage of using raw dog food recipes is that raw dog food ingredients retain all the nutrient benefit value of, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and other macro and micro nutrients. Therefore no or limited, supplementation is necessary.

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